Published On : Wed, Sep 7th, 2016

Dabholkar Murder Case: Hindu outfit member named as key conspirator

Narendra Dabholkar

Narendra Dabholkar (File Pic)

Mumbai/Nagpur: The Central Bureau of Investigation has charged Hindu Janajagruti Samiti member Virendrasing Tawde with criminal conspiracy and murder in connection with the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in 2013.

The Samiti is allegedly linked with Sanatan Sanstha, which had come under the scanner for the murder of another rationalist Govind Pansare in February 2015.

CBI sources said the chargesheet was filed against Tawde under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code, among other charges.

The Bombay high court in May 2014 had handed over the matter to the CBI to probe the murder of Dabholkar, an anti-superstition activist, in broad daylight on August 20, 2013.

The agency had arrested Tawde in June this year.

An alleged follower of Sanatan Sanstha activist Sarang Akolkar, against whom a Red Corner Notice was issued by Interpol in July 2012 in connection with the 2009 Goa blast case on the request of the National Investigation Agency, is also under the scanner of the agency, they said.